Wye Valley Music’s Spring programme continues in the eclectic style of their Autumn programme on Saturday 20 February, in St Briavels Church, with the return of award-winning pianist Mishka Momen, this time accompanied by virtuoso cellist David Waterman.
London born Mishka studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Imogen Cooper and has also received tuition from Alfred Brendel. She has won numerous prizes in the UK and abroad including, in 2013, the Prix Maurice Ravel. David studied at Trinity College Cambridge, where he received his PhD, and in 1979 he became a founder member of the Endellion Quartet, with whom he still plays. He now combines playing with teaching and writing about music. They will be presenting a programme of works ranging from Bach to Dvorak.
On Saturday 12 March, also in St Briavels Church, a piano recital will be given by the renowned Israeli pianist Noam Greenberg.
Noam studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and at Yale University before moving to London to study with Maria Curcio. In 2001 he attended the world famous International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall where he took Master Classes with Andras Schiff . Noam now enjoys a busy international concert schedule as well as teaching and giving Master Classes. He is Artistic Director of the Tresanton Festival, which he founded in 2006. His recital will be of works by Bach, Brahms, Berg and Schubert.
On Saturday 23 April, again in St Briavels Church, Wye Valley Music will present a recital given by one the most exciting classical guitarists of the younger generation, Michael Christian Durrant.
Michael studied classical guitar performance at the Leeds Conservatoire of Music from which he graduated with first-class honours. He subsequently continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, London, with the world-renowned classical guitarist Carlos Bonell. He has also studied privately with Graham Wade and attended public master-classes with many of the world’s most famous classical guitarists, including Craig Ogden. In 2011 he won the prize for best string soloist at the Harrogate music festival. His programme at St Briavels will include works by Bach, Mozart, Rodrigo, Albeniz and Sor.
The final event of the spring season will be given on Saturday 21 May in the Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir, with a tribute to Piaf and the Hot Club de Paris given by Eve Loiseau (vocals), Fiona Barrow (Violin) and Edward Jay (Accordion).
Eve’s passion for Piaf developed at a young age. Coming from a French family of singers in South East France, long summer meals around the family dining table were often rounded off with French chansons. Piaf is inimitable, but Eve’s lustrous tone captures the essence of the little sparrow and for this special evening the Mackenzie Hall will take on the atmosphere of a night club, with a cash bar, tables, soft lighting and an included 2-course meal. Advance booking is essential for this event.
All four concerts begin at 7.30pm.